This allows the school-based health center to be responsive to the health care needs of a specific community.”
Emory’s UHP will partner with Pike to provide startup costs for the project but local citizens must create a strategy plan to ensure the health center is self-sufficient. That plan must be completed and submitted to Emory by Sept. 1, with implementation of the plan beginning in September or October.
“School-based health centers focus on the prevention, early identification and treatment of medical and behavioral concerns that can interfere with a student’s learning,” said Mike Powell, executive director of Pike Family Connections, also known as the YES team.
“The SBHC must be able to support itself through developing independent funding streams through SBHC oriented grants, foundations, universities, collaborative partnership agreements with other medical or business entities or medical billing protocols. If it isn’t able to be self-sustaining at any point in the future, then it won’t be operational so it doesn’t become a financial burden on the community.”
The next meeting for focus teams will be Feb. 8 at 12 noon at the Pike County alternative school, also called the Pike County Annex Memorial Building.